Celebrate Success – Not Just Money (Video)

I got a commission check yesterday from Aweber, my #1 recommended autoresponder service for beginners to Internet and email marketing.

It’s not a huge amount, but it’s always good to get paid for recommending a product to others. The dollar amount is something to be happy about, but it also means that I was instrumental in helping others get started with their list building! That is also something to be proud of!

So when you get a commission or launch and make a gob of money – yes, feel good, tell others, but also tell others that you got that money (or other result) as a result of helping others.

Because sales is always a 2-way trade. Too many sellers/marketers seem to forget the buyer in the picture, and only focus on the money they get.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t like to show off the money I make or the accomplishments I make, but I’m happy to share the results I can get for others, because that too is what I call success.

Be good, be you!

Stuart Stirling

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Why Money Loves Speed And How You Can Get More Speed To See Money Faster

Have you ever heard the phrase “money loves speed”?

I believe it’s a phrase coined by the legendary marketer and copywriter, Dan Kennedy.

We all have our own different takes on what it means, and in this short video, you can hear what it means to me..

So which one are you?

Do you decide fast and then implement fast?

Or do you think and think and over-think about it.. and eventually get no-where?

I hope you’re the former because like they say, “Money Loves Speed”.

When you get this concept, it’ll be a real “ah-hah” moment for you.

And I want you to remember it.. and to use it.

Use it now if you’ve got something on your mind….

  • It could be that ebook or software you want to release
  • It could be that  traffic source you want to try
  • It could be starting to blogging like a mad man
  • It could be making videos and posting them online
  • It could be to do something real crazy and join me in Empower Network
  • It could be simply to change your attitude from negative “I can’t” to an “I can” attitude.

What ever it is that’s on your mind, don’t stew in it any longer.

You should “just do it” (like the Nike slogan says).

And remember to use it for future ideas and opportunities that come knocking on your door.

I’ve seen in my business and friend’s businesses.. that when I’ve decided to do something and take action fast, I always get results.

The most important thing is to just get decide and get started. You can fix it later.

The only only mistake you can make is the mistake of not doing it.

The longer you put off the urge to take action, the more time you end up wasting.

And the less you get in return in the case of a hot opportunity.

So don’t think too much – Just Do It!

As you practice taking action when you get the initial inspiration and just go with it, and stick with it even if you come to a speed bump, you’ll gain momentum and result, money, success are soon to follow.

Peace and leave your thoughts on this below!

Stu Stirling

 

 

The 2 Most Dangerous Mindsets That Kill Your Chances Of Succeeding Online

There is a lethal trap most newbies to internet marketing fall into.. and it’s super hard to get out of.And newbies aren’t the only victims.

I get emails and messages from guys and girls around the world telling me they have been struggling for months, sometimes years – and this is the #1 cause of it.

The worst thing is that almost all who have fallen in this trap don’t know that it’s detrimental to their success.

The trap is 2-part; trying to do everything yourself and trying to do it all for free.

I can see why people ‘think’ this is the best route to take when starting an online business… and maybe you still do, but hopefully by the end of this post, you’ll realize you must avoid this habit like the plague.

And I admit I was a little in this state of mind in the beginning of my career too – but thankfully I snapped out of it early.

I remember my first big investment (apart from getting a personal internet business coach) was getting upgraded memberships at safelists.

At first I was all for getting “free traffic”, but it was coming in in dribbles. I wanted to turn on the firehose of traffic – so I invested in pro memberships at a few safelist..

And they weren’t cheap!  Around $197 for 12 months! And I was doubting very much if I would ever see my money again.

But I decided to make it work.

One thing I always tried to do when I first started out was try to make back any money that I spent asap, so I was determined to get my money back – so I used those safelists religously. I mailed as soon as I could (I could mail every 3 days or something like that).

I’m not sure about now, but in 2007 they were actually quite responsive! I could get a dozen or more subscribers every time I mailed to the safelist members.

So did this beat writing articles and making squidoo lenses?

You bet!

There is nothing wrong with Squidoo and Articles, but at that time, doing it all my myself, I could just feel it was the long way to success.

I wanted to “fast track” and see results asap!

Doesn’t everyone?

So if you want faster results too, rethink your “work strategy”.

You might say “Oh I can’t afford to pay for a $200 membership upgrade!

But I say, “Do you want traffic today, or traffic next month?”

You might say “I can’t afford a professional autoresponder.”

But I say, “Can you afford not to invest in one? Are you planning on building a list of 300 or 300,000?”

You might say, “That designer/copywriter/mentor is too expensive… I’ll just keep going at it myself and wish for the best.”

But I say, “Why shoot yourself in the foot? Why not let experts do the job which will give you the best results (ROI)?”

I want you to see that spending money on tools and expert services is an investment.

An investment means that your money will work for you to make you more money. 

That’s how you’ve got to see business and your money in it. Money is a tool to make you more money.

If you’re holding on tight to it and not investing it, it will never grow.

Of course, you need to have a long-term plan.

You need to have all the pieces in place for your business to succeed.

For example, you’d be silly to spend hundreds on a website design only to never advertise it.

All these costs can add up, but with a long-term plan in place, and using a rough mathematical formula, you can forecast the results (PROFIT) you’ll be seeing.

That’s the great thing about most marketing campaigns.. especially online ones- You can almost predict the outcome before you start!

So have a think about your business. Are you in it for the long run, ready to dive in and get the lifestyle you want? Or are you being a wussy and just want to dip your toe in and not really see the potential that lies for you?

I hope you’re not a wussy, but if you are I have a cure for you.

To your success,

Stuart Stirling

p.s. Tell me where you’re at and what you’ll be investing in next!

For me, it’s about buying traffic and delegating tasks to others to free up my time.

Throw Out the Suit! You Can Be Yourself And Be Successful!

My buddy and mentor James Brown and I were chatting last night and talking about some of the highly successful leaders and money earners in the internet business industry, in particular, those in Empower Network.

And one thing that came up in our conversation is that the top earners aren’t these stereotypical, corporate looking MLM guys that you usually see in massive multi-million-dollar companies, which Empower Network now is.

For example, you’ll never see the two creators of Empower Network, Dave Wood and Dave Sharpe wearing a suit!

I mean, you’d be lucky to see Dave Wood wearing a t-shirt with sleeves in his videos! Even his sales videos when he’s selling $3,00 products!

Since joining Empower Network and consuming  the training (which is awesome and extremely empowering, by the way) I got thinking that the typical ‘suit and tie’ business is serious type of mentality is not necessary.

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I just recently watched a hilarious free training video by Dave Wood on the Empower network blog, which confirmed my thinking.

James Brown my buddy also says often, that “Business is personal” and in our chat last night he said, these guys in EN are just being themselves. And if we want to succeed and help others succeed in EN we have to just be our plain old selves… and encourage others to be themselves too.

Isn’t that so much better?

Running a massive successful business without having to put on the “serious face” and talking only about boring business stuff like the ‘keys to selling’ and the ‘keys to productivity’.

Wouldn’t you rather be yourself, wear what you want to wear, say what you want to say and share what you have learned that can help others in the way YOU want?

Now that’s what being an Internet Entrepreneur is about!

It’s 2013, not 1990. People just don’t give a crap about boring ‘sales’ or tech talk anymore.. because there is a TON of it all over the internet already. You don’t need to add more to it.

I’m not saying don’t produce training… I’m saying produce and teach but add YOUR personality into it. Be yourself. Business is personal. People relate to people. Not everyone relates to everyone.

That means, you can’t relate to 100% of the people. If you try, you’ll come off looking and sounding like a dork robot and boring as hell.

So what if you don’t relate to 50% of the people in your niche. Only a handful might relate and like your stuff, but those handful will be there every time, watching for your emails and your videos… and they’ll share with their friends like them who will also most probably relate you you.

So the point is, don’t be afraid to be yourself in business. Forget the serious shirt and tie serious style. You will have better results.

It might feel uncomfortable at first because it feels like you’re not doing it ‘right’, or you may be afraid someone will not like you or your style, but you have to get over that!

Have fun your business, be yourself, and people will come to you because you are who you are.

That’s me out for this blog post!

I’m going to change my blog header image here because I hate that photo of me wearing a suit and tie!  I NEVER wear a suit and tie expect for wedding and funerals.. and the odd time I go to church.

Expect to be seeing the real me who loves sports cars, basketball and heavy metal music like Slipknot!

Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

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Stu ‘Ninja in real life’ Stirling

p.s. I’m heading to Australia tomorrow for a 3 week vacation! Can’t wait! It’s my first real vacation in 2 years. Well deserved if I do say so myself.

Secrets To Success [Videos]

How badly do you want to succeed? I just finished watching these videos and was so impressed I just had to post them here on my blog for you to see.

It really drives home the fact that to be successful you NEED to sacrifice some luxuries in life (TV, chatting on the phone… sleep! oh not precious sleep!) to get what you want.

You have to give up something good to get something better. Get out of your comfort zone.. because that’s where the magic happens.

Ok that’s enough ‘cliche’s’ so here, watch Eric Thomas get angry at some university students in these videos:

Hope this gets you as pumped as it gets me! We all need someone to rip us to shreds like this from time to time.

If you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, you will be successful. I know I’ve pulled a couple of all-nighters to get projects done and out the door and the rewards paid off. Stretch yourself and see where it takes you.

To your success,

Stu Stirling

How To Be Your Own Mentor

At some stage in your internet business career you’ll probably consider getting a mentor for that extra expert advice, support and ‘kick up the butt’ to push you to the next level.

I highly recommend a mentor if you can afford one. There is nothing like having someone to keep tabs on you and someone you can report to on top of all the advice they can share with you.

But unfortunately, for many marketers, especially beginners with a low budget, even if you want to get a mentor, you may not be able to afford one.

I was thinking about this the other day and was playing with the idea that you can be your own mentor. This would be the perfect solution to those who want to build up their business and save a lot of money.

If you’ve been working online in your own business for any time, you’d probably know that being your own boss is not the easiest thing to do. To be your own mentor and be your own boss is going to be even harder so this concept isn’t for you if you’re lazy.

In order to be your own mentor I believe you have to have more qualities than just being an average web business owner.

To make the leap up, you need to have extreme self control and an unstoppable drive to be the constantly learn, improve what you’ve already got, do new things better and do it more often.

Mind Control

I believe this is where 99% of “self-bosses” fail. They simply can’t control their minds to keep their thoughts focused on their business long enough to get any decent work done. It’s hard I agree and I am not saying I’m perfect in this area. There are so many distractions online. We have to get a handle over our inbox, facebook account, instant messengers and other activities that can suck our attention and our time. To be your own mentor, you’ve got to turn on the ‘boss inside you’ and listen to him. You’ve got to think like a mentor. You know when you’re mucking around and should be working  – think “would [insert mentor’s name here] be doing this?”. Then it’s only a matter of making that mental decision to stop procrastinating and getting back to work.

Try this too: If you find yourself screwing around wasting time, close all browsers and programs.. even go so far as to switch off your computer. Get a pen and paper and write out a list of things you want to do. Then plan how you’re going to accomplish them. Not knowing what to do when you sit down at your PC is the biggest feeder of procrastination.

Getting The Drive

First of all, you need to really want to succeed and have an undying dedication to your business. It’s pretty easy to get excited and hype yourself up to get motivated – you just have to imagine yourself when you have achieved your goal. If that doesn’t work, read some motivational books or listen to audios.

Constantly Learn

If you’re not increasing your knowledge everyday, you’re going backwards. The internet is changing everyday. Although the fundamental marketing strategies remain the same, new tools and marketing avenues appear all the time. Yes it’s good to buy some courses that teach you new (for you) methods to increase traffic. conversions, profits etc. If you don’t buy anything thinking you already know all there is to know, you’re shooting yourself in the foot!

Learning is one key to growing your business. You pay a mentor to learn new things so think of new courses and study resources as in investment. You do have to pay for knowledge, but it’s that knowledge that can make you rich!

Improve What You’ve Got 

There is always room for improvement so whatever you have learned, see where you can apply it to improve your business that you’ve already got going. Some marketers like to start new things and forget about what they’ve made in the past. I like to maximize what I’ve got because it’s a lot easier to make something better than start a completely new project.

Do New Things Better

Creating new things is what being an entrepreneur is all about. It’s a good idea to make what you’ve got better but you’ve got to always be looking to create and grow your product line, your customer base and build your brand. It comes back to learning – from courses that you buy to your experiences/mistakes – to do new things the better than before.

Do More

The awesome thing about having an internet business is that it’s a numbers game for the most part. Once you’ve got your conversion rates dialed in, you can pretty much predict how much you can make or how much traffic you need to be able to make X dollars. The next step is to just do more of what you already know what’s working. It’s not rocket science. You don’t have to invent a brand new business every time. Just keep pumping out offers sites and campaigns that you know are going to make you money.

Make Goals And Reward Yourself

You’d get a lot of satisfaction if your mentor gave you a big pat on the back and said “great job!” seeing all the great results you’ve accomplished. Being your own mentor, you should reward yourself for accomplishing certain tasks by a certain time. It can be a daily reward or a big reward after a big project like a product launch. This means you’ll have to set goals and deadlines to accomplish them. Having a reward waiting for you will keep you focused and determined to get the job done right. You don’t want to put yourself under too much pressure but you need a little to get the most out of your time – and simply get things done!

Becoming your own mentor is not impossible and it won’t happen overnight. It will take a lot of work but if you apply some of the qualities I talked about above, you may find yourself becoming the mentor you would have happily paid $1000/mth to. But as your own mentor, pay that money and all the extra you make from your improved business to yourself. You earned it!

To your success!

Stu Sensei

10 Things To Stop Doing In 2012

Whenever there is a new year, we think of all the things we’d like to do to make this the best year ever…. but have you ever stopped to think about things you should stop doing?

Sometimes we get caught chasing the wrong things and forget about the things that are slowing us down. Reaching greater success could be as simple as stopping something you’re doing.

There are enough list around the web of things you should do so this one is a little different: 10 Things You Should Stop Doing To Succeed In 2012

1. Stop Jumping From One Opportinity To Another

Chasing the magic bullet is the biggest killer of ‘getting things dine’ that I know of.

I love the theory of ‘one’. In order to get anything worthwhile done, you need to focus on one business model, one niche, one product, one website, one list, one keyword, one traffic method, one task at a time.

I’m not saying you should stick with only one business model or niche your whole life, just when you start one thing, stick with that one thing until it’s good enough. Then move onto another and focus on that.

2. Stop The Voice In Your Head

We all get it, when we start to actually do the work, that little voice pops in our head that says “are you sure this is gonna work?”. That’s the fearful side of you coming out. You need to stop him/her from coming out and swithc back to the positive side of you.

When you get negative thoughts, it may be painful, but you need to remove them. Even if your body doesn’t want to, force your body to get through that article, that sales letter, that chapter. If your body does, your mind will follow. Believe in yourself. Remember, you’re no different that anybody else. You’re human too with the same 24 hours in a day. If they can do it, so can you. And just imagine what would happen “if you could…”

3. Stop Letting Others Tell You What To Do

Are you a ‘yes’ man? If you hate being pushed into doing things you really don’t want to do, learn to say ‘no’. It takes guts, but once you say it once, you’ll build the courage to keep saying no to other things you don’t want to get into. Of course, you have to weigh up the consequences to what you agree or disagree to do, but you know the ones I’m talking about that you want to say no to.

4. Stop Relying On Others To Fix Your Problems

Take initiative to fix problems yourself. It’s an awesome feeling when you figure out the solution to a problem yourself. The best markters are excellent problem solvers. Become a problem solver and don’t depend on others – because they won’t always be there when you need them.

5. Stop Trying To Do Everything Yourself

This might seem contradictory to the above point but here’s what I mean. I don’t mean dumping problems on other people, I mean working together to create bigger and better things. In business, there comes a point were you can only do so much by yourself. Learn to work with others whether it be hiring outsource staff or working with other matketers in an old fashioned JV. Any big marketer will tell you that JV partnerships are essential to success.

6. Stop Being A Computer Noob

Get with the times! I know everyone has to start out somewhere but come on, this is 2012! Learn how to use your PC for crying out loud. Learn how to unzip and read PDFs! Learn how to use your keyboard shortcuts. Learn how to type properly (oh… I need to work on that one!) If you want to be an online marketer, learn how to use the tools that your business is built on. Learn FTP, HTML, cpanel for starters. I’m sure there are computer classes in your neighborhood where you can learn this stuff. Otherwise, use Mr. Google!

7. Stop Taking Short Cuts

There is nothing wrong with systematizing to save time, but somethings you ‘think’ will save you time often lead to bigger problems down the road. There’s a Japanese proverb that says: 急がば回れ (isogaba maware – if you hurry, you will go in circles). If you know it’s a short cut and could have possible negative repercussions, don’t do it. It’s better to do it well the first time.

8. Stop Looking For Instant Results

As much as we’d like to become millionaires overnight, it’s not going to happen (unless you buy a winning lottery ticket!)

Success and wealth often comes after much hard work. Hard to believe isn’t it? So get in there and put in the work. When you get serious about work, some amazing things will happen. Just keep a long-term mindset and keep chipping away. Business is a marathon, not a sprint.

9. Stop Being Spammy

The internet is full of spam already and everyone is sick of it. Everyone is wising up to spammers, even Google. Spam can be in the form of email of course, but any kind of junk you publish on the net. Spam blogs, spam articles, spam videos, spam pictures, pictures of spam (just joking – I love spam.. the food kind!). It goes along with the two points above. If you want to do something worthwile and stay in business, stop being a spammer!

10. Finally, Stop Worrying!

Life is too short to spend worrying about everything. The news headlines would love to make us believe we are all screwed! But in reality, the biggest problems the majority of us face are deciding “which t-shirt and I going to wear today”. Sure, some days we have some big problems, but in the whole scheme of the universe, are they really that big? Enjoy your time on earth. You only get one. Your life is the biggest “one time offer” of all! Don’t waste it worrying about everything.

To your success,

Stu Sensei

p.s. What do you want to stop doing in 2012? And don’t forget to share this post if you liked it. 🙂